The European Commission and the AAL Joint Programme have funded several activities in the area of innovative AAL solutions for some years. In particular, objective 7.1b of FP7-ICT-2009-4 targeted the consolidation of cutting-edge R&D results towards a single European platform for AAL that has led to funding the project universAAL . However, it is not clear what guarantees the success of this policy? How about the other initiatives that continue to propose their own innovative platforms for AAL? It seems that additional measures, such as stress testing, are needed towards delivering the evidence that candidate platforms are effectively applicable in real production settings and can achieve breakthroughs in terms of widespread availability and deployment of AAL solutions.
In alignment with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, the main motivation behind the workshop was to evaluate the idea of funded European projects for partnership in porting a wealth of applications to candidate platforms as an instrument to have such platforms show their practical usefulness, to spread the knowledge, to create an initial portfolio that helps to penetrate the market, and to seek consolidation opportunities.